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Ralston: No tax increase likely for budget

Posted at 5:57 PM, Sep 01, 2020

RALSTON, Neb. (KMTV) — Metro suburbs are figuring out how they’ll cover budget shortfalls because of COVID for next year.

A budget workshop with the Ralston City Council takes place on Tuesday.

The City of Ralston says they anticipate an increase loss of $300,000 mostly because Ralston Arena closed for months.

The city administrator says Ralston’s sales tax is coming back around, they’re looking to improve their bond ratings. So the city isn’t proposing a tax increase, but services will take a hit.

"For instance the library will be closed one hour earlier Monday-Thursday. We’ll close at 8 pm instead of 9 pm. There will be some reductions in public works that will result in mowing being a little less frequent, perhaps having the parks restrooms closed more frequently. And we may not get to snow removal as quickly as we have in the past. It will still get done just not as quickly,” said Ralston City Administrator Rick Hoppe.

Hoppe says the cuts will seem relatively small compared to other cities.

They will likely have a budget proposal at the Ralston City Council Meeting on September 15.